TaPRA Research Prize for Editing (Essay Collections and Special Issues)

We are currently reviewing the scope and purpose of following TaPRA prizes:


David Bradby Award

Early Career Researcher Award

Editing Award


We will announce new arrangements/prizes in September 2020 and open nominations shortly afterwards.


The Prize







Richard Gough

for Performance Research 24 (3), On Reflection: Turning 100

Both the shortlisting panel and the final judging panel found this special issue of PR a monumental achievement. The judges commended the ambition and innovation of its concept: to commission an original essay on each of the themes chosen for each of 100 special issues of the journal. This framework produced a fascinating set of essays that were often formally innovative and conceptually rich. Excellence in editing is shown not only by the managementx of such an enormous project, but also in the layers of a plurality of inter-generational voices speaking to the edited work of the journal itself. The result is an encyclopaedic but creatively anarchic view of the field. Like the issue itself, theatre and performance studies is revealed to be interesting, odd, motile, dynamic, and plural. On Reflection: Turning 100 is less a guide to theatre and performance studies than a wander, and thus opens new possibilities for editorial practice.


Geraldine Brodie and Emma Cole

Adapting Translation for the Stage (Routledge, 2017)

Kate Dorney and Maggie Gale

Vivien Leigh: Actress and Icon (Manchester University Press, 2017)

Scott Palmer and Joslin McKinney

Scenography Expanded: An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design (Bloomsbury, 2017)


The Prize






Maria Delgado & Joanne Tompkins

for Contemporary Theatre Review: The Politics, Processes and Practices of Editing: special edition. 25:1, February 2015.

The collection notes the relative invisibility of the labour of editing, and goes a long way to bring, in the words of the sub-title, the politics, processes and practices of editing into the light. The introduction effectively maps debates and issues, arguing for editing, in all its many forms, as one of the main ways in which academic disciplines mark where they are and chart a path to the future: as one of the sub-headings has it, it is about ‘The value of editing/ [as well as] the editing of value’, and as such it is a timely and welcome contribution to ongoing debates in the discipline about the value of editing to our research culture.


Helen Nicholson & Anna Harpin

for Performance and Participation: Practices, Audiences, Politics (Palgrave, 2016)

Alyson Campbell & Stephen Farrier

for Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives On Where Performance Leads Queer (Palgrave, 2016)



Only current TaPRA members can submit nominations for our awards or elections. Each nomination requires a seconder, who must also be a current member.

TaPRA2021 is currently underway

Our 2021 conference is hosted online in partnership with Liverpool Hope University.

TaPRA 2021 is currently underway

Our 2021 conference is hosted online in partnership with Liverpool Hope University.

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